Storm damages West-Con grain bins near Twin Brooks

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After a windy downpour on Aug. 10, one of the sheet metal grain bins at West-Con near Twin Brooks is looking more like a crushed beer can.

The damage at West-Con occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 10, when high winds and intense rain were battering Grant and Roberts Counties. The wind forced a massive dent into the side of the bin and ripped off some of its metal roofing.

Joe Meyer, branch manager at West-Con, said that while the damage is fairly serious, the bin will be repaired and operational before too long.

“We’ll be ready to go for harvest,” Meyer said. “We’ve got guys working on it all ready.”

The damaged bin is the eastern-most of three sheet metal bins at the facility. The middle bin also sustained limited damage, which Meyer estimates will be repaired within three to four weeks.

Repairing the more-damaged bin will involve partially dismantling the bin and replacing the dented steel, Meyer said.

Besides the damaged grain bins, some doors were blown in on a fertilizer shed at the West-Con facility.

According to the National Weather Service, the area received 2.18 inches of rain during the storm that damaged the bins.